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Feeding the homeless in Florida: Act of charity or a crime?

feeding the homelessDespite being charged with violating a new law by feeding the homeless in South Florida, 90-year-old Arnold Abbott said he's not deterred and even went back out to serve more food at a public park.

The faceoff in Fort Lauderdale over the ordinance restricting public feeding of the homeless has pitted those with compassionate aims against residents and businesses trying to protect their neighborhoods.

Abbott, affectionately known as "Chef Arnold," and two South Florida ministers were charged last weekend as they handed out food. They were accused of breaking the ordinance and each faces up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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Legal pot wins in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, DC

Legal pot wins in 3 statesResidents of Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C. voted in midterm elections to legalize recreational marijuana use — key victories that could further fuel the legalization movement as mainstream America increasingly recognizes cannabis usage.

The Oregon and Alaska measures will create a network of retail shops similar to those operating in Washington state and Colorado, which in 2012 voted to become the first U.S. states to allow marijuana use beyond medical prescription.

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Facebook's government user data requests up 24%

FacebookRequests by governments for Facebook's user data are up by nearly a quarter in the first half of this year compared to the previous six months.

Global government requests were up by 24% to almost 35,000 in the first six months, the social media giant said. The amount of Facebook content restricted because of local laws also rose about 19% in the same period.

News of the increase comes as Facebook fights its largest ever US court order to hand over data from 400 people.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Puts New Abortion Law On Hold

Oklahoma SCThe Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday halted the implementation of new abortion restrictions in the state that supporters said are aimed at protecting women's health and critics said are really measures designed to shutter clinics.

Oklahoma is one of several Republican-stronghold states in hat have adopted similar restrictions on abortion clinics in about the last year, prompting legal battles at the state and federal court level.

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Justices back air marshal who blew whistle on cutbacks

Air marshal whistleblowerA former air marshal who leaked information about agency cutbacks had a good day at the Supreme Court Tuesday, while the federal government he served had trouble convincing justices that he deserved to be fired.

The result could turn out to be a rare court victory for government whistle-blowers who expose potential dangers to health or safety, even if the disclosures violate agency rules.

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Verizon, AT&T tracking their users with ‘supercookies’

Cell phone companies tracking userssVerizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed “supercookies” — markers so powerful that it’s difficult for even savvy users to escape them.

The technology has allowed the companies to monitor which sites their customers visit, cataloging their tastes and interests. Consumers cannot erase these supercookies or evade them by using browser settings, such as the “private” or “incognito” modes that are popular among users wary of corporate or government surveillance.

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Thousands protest Washington Redskins' team name at Minnesota game

Redskin name protestThe largest-ever road-game protest against the Washington Redskins’ controversial team name took place on Sunday in Minneapolis, with a crowd of about 5,000 people calling on owner Dan Snyder to change the moniker Native American groups denounce as exploitative and racist.

Events before the Redskins faced off against the Minnesota Vikings began with a march through the University of Minnesota campus to TCF Bank Stadium, where Native American leaders, local politicians, former sports stars and other speakers voiced their disdain for Snyder’s refusal to change the team name.

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